What happens when old paintings, photos, illustrations and posters which are available digitally are shared with digital artists to play with and create animated GIFs? Visit this animated cabinet of curiosities to find out. These weird and bizarre animations created from digitised cultural heritage content will surprise you, make you smile, maybe even give you a little shock. Here are the best art GIFs you have not seen!
1. A face swap without an app
Face and head swapping has been taking over social media since late 2010. Here’s a cool artistic interpretation of this phenomenon. The original photo shows five men posing behind a rope, Kaiparoro tug-of-war team, winners of the open heavyweight championships held at Eketahuna 1931.
2. No more tears
Or a guy ‘milking’ his eye. But what else could you create from source material with the title A couple assemble their false body parts: false teeth, a glass eye and wigs?
3. Finger-licking bad
Because we all need very clear and specific instructions. From the archives – New Zealand’s health poster collection. Produced in the 1950’s, matches the 2020 vibes perfectly.
4. Music makes the people come together
When you’re so good that the guys from other paintings come to listen.
5. Quality time with a pet alligator
A postcard featuring a little girl riding on the back of an alligator. Definitely deserved to be animated.
6. A monster in the mirror
Don’t look back!
7. It’s hard to find balance
Whether you’re Virgin of the Apocalypse or just a normal human being.
8. Shooting star in Ampurias: close encounters of space and time
The title says it all.
9. A skeleton dance
The best moves straight from a medieval manuscript.
10. Clothes swap
Way before TikTok!
Curious, confused, amused? For more fun, weird, disturbing and creative animated gifs, check out GIF IT UP, the annual contest for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE? The competition is open to people of all ages, professionals and amateurs alike. Choose from among millions of public domain works from Europeana partners, create your GIF and submit your entry!
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? You can win online art history courses from DailyArt and Red Bubble gift cards. There will be a special category for the best GIF & runners-up, 1st time GIF makers, children & teens (below 18) and a bonus category for GIPHY backdrops. Moreover, GIF IT UP has its own GIPHY Channel that exposes the participants’ creations to millions.
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